For a long time, the best walking assistant available on the market for people in need of a mobility aid was a cane. While a cane undoubtedly looks cool, over time it became obvious that a better solution was necessary. A solution that would provide more stability and support for both sides of a body. That solution was a walker.
A walker is a great way to help those with mobility issues get around for a few weeks or months. They provide great stability to those who may have trouble walking and getting around, allowing the user to lean onto the walker to support and assistance. A walker is helpful for those with minor injuries, recovering from surgery, weak joints, pain in the joints, and other injuries or ailments.
Walkers are assistive devices used to help people with temporary or chronic mobility issues get around with more confidence and independence. They provide stability and balance to those who need additional support, and are an excellent choice for either short-term or long-term use.
Avondale Home Medical Equipment offers walker rentals at both weekly and monthly rates. To help you decide if a walker is the right choice for you, here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
A standard walker is a mobility aid that allows for easy movement and balance. The walker is lifted and moved forward to walk and operate, allowing for easy use indoors. The walker has small wheels on the bottom of the walker, allowing for easy and lightweight transport of the walker. The small wheels make the walker difficult to operate outdoors.
The heavy duty walker looks and operates very similarly to a standard walker, with a few key differences. The walker is reinforced for better core stability and a firmer stance, allowing for more support. The wheels are also larger and more versatile, allowing the user to use the walker outdoors with ease. The walker can even be operated away from concrete paths, working on other surfaces like grass and dirt.
There are a few different kinds of walkers to choose from, including:
Standard walkers accommodate most users, providing basic support with nonskid, rubber-tipped legs and a comfortable plastic grip on the handlebars. They’re best suited for people who’ll be using them primarily indoors.
These function similarly to standard walkers, but they are constructed of stronger materials, making them more stable and supportive. They can also be used indoors or outdoors, as they can handle tougher terrain. Heavy duty walkers are a good choice for users with a higher body weight.
Some walkers have wheels on the bottoms of the two front legs. This can make moving with the walker much easier, since only the back two legs need to be lifted, while the front can be rolled. Walkers with wheels on all four legs are called rollators, which Avondale carries, as well.
For people who travel a lot, folding walkers are lightweight and portable enough to fold down easily and fit in the trunk or backseat of a car.
There are a few key factors to consider when selecting a walker, including:
It’s important to choose a walker that fits you properly. Not only do you need to consider the width because of your own size, but you’ll also need to consider the places you’ll be going. Ask yourself if the walker will fit through your doorways, and if you travel often, will it fit in your car?
Many walkers have adjustable legs to fit your height, but make sure the one you have will accommodate your shifting height in different shoes or on different surfaces.
Depending on your weight, you may need a heavy-duty walker, but you’ll also need to be able to easily lift the walker, so you can move around without too much effort. If lifting the walker is a concern, you may want to consider using one with wheels on the front legs.
Modern walkers vary in style, but they’re all waist-height frames with four legs and two handles. To use a walker, step inside the frame and grip the handles on either side. Your elbow should have a slight bend to it; if not, you need to adjust the legs to the proper height to ensure you have the right grasp.
Moving with a walker is a simple three-step process:
It’s important not to lean over the walker as you’re moving, as this could throw you off balance or injure your back. Don’t push the walker too far in front of you, either; small steps are best for your safety and your mobility.
Avondale HME specializes in affordable mobility aid rentals, offering both short-term and long-term rentals. If you or someone you know is having difficulty walking without assistance, it may be time to rent a mobility walker. Avondale only offers the very highest quality products, and we will walk you through everything you need to know to effectively use and operate a walker. Please contact us today for more information and pricing at (623) 295-2724.